You thought his career was over? Fredette about it. Looks like The Big Easy will be learning how to Jimmer in 2014-15.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Jimmer Fredette has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans worth the league minimum. The move helps the Pellies make up for the departure of three-point specialist Anthony Morrow, who joined the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency this summer. Fredette has averaged 6.9 points per game in his NBA career.
Since he was drafted in 2011, Fredette hasn’t been able to find the right situation in his first three seasons. With the Sacramento Kings, Jimmer’s potential was cut short by limited minutes, as he saw the 18.4 minutes per game he played his rookie season decrease with each passing year. Fredette was traded to the Chicago Bulls in March, but only played 56 minutes in eight appearances for Chicago.
Jimmer Fredette played over 10 MIN only 23 times in 2013-14. In those games, he averaged 8.7 pts in 15.9 MIN, shooting 50.8 % from 3.
— Andrew Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) July 18, 2014
Fredette’s shooting touch is undeniable. Though his points have come in limited minutes, Jimmer is a 40 percent career three-point shooter and in 41 games with the Kings last season, he shot 49 percent from downtown on 1.8 attempts per game. Given the right situation, Jimmer Fredette has the ability to make an impact off the bench as a long range bomber.
His defense and size have been the biggest roadblocks for his career. Fredette’s not quick, big or skilled enough on that end to warrant starter’s minutes, but his ability to light it up from downtown should be useful in spots on a team like the Pelicans, whose supporting cast has been gutted over the course of the offseason. In addition to Morrow, New Orleans also lost key reserves Brian Roberts and Jason Smith to free agency. What they got back? Alonzo Gee and John Salmons.
The Pelicans did bolster their frontcourt by trading for Omer Asik and Omri Casspi, giving them a nice starting core of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Asik and Ryan Anderson. But adding Jimmer gives them a little perimeter shooting off the bench, and here’s hoping the former BYU legend gets his first real shot at making an impact for an NBA team in the Big Easy.